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Rian Hamadnalla

Rian Hamadnalla, also known as Rai, is a graduating senior, double-majoring in African American/African Studies and Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies from Philadelphia, PA. Rian has studied abroad in Costa Rica to explore the history of  the country’s political, social, and economic values. She also spent a great deal of her undergraduate career in New Orleans, LA with a team of students to perform extensive research on the Mardi Gras Indian culture. This project manifested into a documentary that was ultimately nominated for a Suncoast Regional Emmy in 2016. Rai is also known for her vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and is the sole proprietor of RaiBeats, a makeup agency. Upon graduation, Rai plans to pursue her master’s degree in Public Affairs. Although this is her first time being directly involved with Heritage fest, Rai is excited to be a part of such a liberating tradition and is dedicated to bringing campus the best one yet!